President's Report - February 2011

Greetings All,

Welcome back after the summer break and I trust that you all enjoyed Christmas and New Year festivities of one kind or another. I also hope that your cars performed to expectation, with no major breakdowns. Apart from our traditional drive to Sydney to see the New Year's Eve fireworks, Sue and I stayed close to home, so none of our cars got much of a workout. Who wants to fight the holiday crowds on the roads and beaches anyway? However, January and February saw me travel far and wide, for work, including Japan, New Zealand and Zanzibar (part of Tanzania). While I cannot say that I really enjoy long distance air travel, I eased the pain by upgrading to business class on some sectors and was able to travel in a manner to which I would like to become accustomed (but rarely do).

While Pugs are common enough in New Zealand, I saw very few in Japan. However, in the suburbs of Tokyo I was rewarded and surprised by a left hand drive 407 coupe in a carpark not far from where I was staying. The cost of petrol is a little higher in Japan than in Australia (140 Yen/ litre or about $1.70/litre). In Zanzibar there were a few 406 taxis, but little else that I saw, though I did spot a bright red 307CC on the last day. Zanzibar has a run down look about it and the cars were pretty similar, though not quite in the same league as Cuba!

Meanwhile, back home, planning is continuing for the Easter Pageant, to be held in Canberra from the 22nd to the 25th of April - see details elsewhere in this issue. The registration fee for participants in the day events is $60 which includes a Pageant bag of Peugeot goodies (scarf, cap, badge and other items), while tickets for the Sunday night dinner (including wine) are $50 and may be purchased separately.

All the traditional pageant events will be held, including concourse, motorkhana and novelty trial. I encourage all local club members to participate in all or some of these events. For those not participating in the day events, extra dinner tickets may be purchased, subject to availability. Please contact me, or any of the other pageant organising committee members (Peter Rees, Colin Handley or John Bower) for further details.

Our next club meeting will be held at the Canberra Services Club on Tuesday 22nd February at 8pm, with dinner from 7pm.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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